• Travelcode: 148

    Istria by Bike + Boat

    The heart of Europe

    • "The heart of Europe" is what the Istrians call their peninsula, inspired by its shape and its position at the crossroads of European arteries, cultures and nations. This is where Central Europe and the world of Mediterranean meet. On this one week tour we explore the most popular part of the Croatian coast.

      Relax while being on a romantic motor sailer - your floating home. Get on your bicycle after an invigorating breakfast, enjoy your lunch break ashore or on board, when meeting our ship in one of the pretty harbors. In the evening our ship awaits us in the next harbor. Enjoy the outstanding cuisine aboard while watching the sunset or stroll around historical harbor towns before going to sleep under the stars… either on deck or in your cabin.

      Tour profile: level 1-2

      The cycle tours require a basic level of fitness from participants, which they should have acquired from steady cycling. The tours will take us up to a height of 300 m above sea-level. The day-tours from 16 mi./25 km will take us through hilly terrain and will be completed without any time-constraints. We traverse mostly asphalted roads, which are rarely traveled on outside the holiday seasons. Unpaved or gravel roads will be cycled at times, during which participants are, however, also permitted to push their bicycles. You are free to set aside a half or full day to swim or spend on board the boat, instead of taking a planned cycle tour.
      • Extension module 2 days Zagreb - PRE-tour available

        EXTENSION MODULE 2-DAYS IN PLITVICE AND ZAGREB - PRE-tour available

        Take the time to extend your holiday by a few days in Zagreb , which on the one hand organizes adequate activities, and on the other hand offers you enough leisure time to discover Zagren on your own.

         

        Saturday (start for 2-days)
        A private transfer collects you at the Zagreb airport and brings you to the doorstep of your hotel. You will have time to freshen up after your journey. In the late afternoon your guide will meet you in the lobby of your hotel to take you on an interesting and inspiring walk through the Croatian capital. The old town, built by the Austro-Hungarian Empire, will charm you at every turn. During a guided city tour, our local guide will enlighten you on the city in its current position and its former past. The Kaptol (the center of the Roman Catholic Church in Croatia) and Gradec (the upper old town) are of course included in the program. In the evening you will dine in a specially selected restaurant. The delicious local specialties will be a great way to end the day. Overnight stay in a hotel in the town center of Zagreb.

        Sunday
        Transfer to Omišalj after breakfast (if required to Pula in case of embarking for Islandhopping Istria; prices/additional fee on request).

        Options: 2-days

         

        Included services 2-days:

        • hotel at the town center
        • sightseeing tour in Zagreb excl. entry fees
        • Dinner in a local restaurant
        • Transfer from Zagreb airport to your hotel
        • Transfer from your hotel in Zagreb to Omišalj
        • Taxes

        Price per person incl. breakfast:

        3*hotel:
        double room € 310,-
        single room  € 340,-

        4*hotel:
        double room € 360,-
        single room  € 420,-

      Day 1: Pula, approx. 15 km

      Individual arrival at Pula. The secret capital of Istria with its town full of impressive remains of its Roman past awaits your visit. If you arrive by car, we arrange a secure parking place for you. Between 2 and 2:30 p.m. check-in on the motor yacht. Our first cycle tour starts at 3 p.m. and takes us in a large circle around Pula and back to the ship. You might get the chance to have a closer look of the famous Amphitheatre. After your cycle tour you go on your first cruise just a couple of miles north to a quiet bay for your overnight stay.

      Day 2: Vrsar - Poreč, approx. 35 km

      In the early morning (before breakfast) we go on a very scenic, approx. 3 h cruise to Vrsar, the town where lady killer Casanova found temporary refuge from lovers pursuing him. Starting from Vrsar, we cycle along the Limski canal to Klostar in the hinterland. After a break, long enough to taste some fresh suckling pig. Our route takes us to Poreč. On a guided walk, we encounter the evidence of the town’s eventful past at every step along the way. While strolling through the charming historical centre, with its beautiful buildings of many different periods as well as the bustling shopping lanes, we will not miss the famous Euphrasian Basilica, with its gorgeous early Christian mosaics.

      Day 3: Poreč – Višnjan – Umag, approx. 50 km

      Today’s cycle tour takes us from Poreč through extensive vineyards to Visnjan, home of the famous white Boskarin-Cattle. After a coffee break we continue cycling through the gentle hills of the hinterland to Vizinada. After a lunch break we cycle back to Poreč. We will not miss a visit to Baredine Cave on our cycle tour. Our excursion takes us through five amazing halls which are beautifully illuminated. It leads us 60 m under ground to a subsurface lake and if we are lucky we’ll meet a native – the famous amphebia (Proteus anguinus): the olm. This little cave dweller is a unique one. It is endemic to this karst area. Back at the ship we hop on our boat and enjoy a lovely cruise to Umag.

      Day 4: Umag – Grožnjan – Novigrad, approx. 55 km

      After breakfast we start our cycling tour to the north starting at the headland and further on along the coastline. After a climb we get to the artist’s village of Grožnjan. Strengthened by a long relaxing stop we continue cycling to Novigrad passing the river valley of Mirna. The Mirna river valley is well known as an area where white truffles can be found. A gourmet’s heart will jump of joy. Getting to Novigrad we find the impressive battlement of the city wall as well the 7th century Pelagius Basilica. Around the pretty harbor we find many cafes and bars, where we can end the day. Dinner on board.

      Day 5: Novigrad - Porec - Rovinj, approx. 25 km

      After breakfast we leave Novigrad and cycle along the coast all the way to Poreč. There is time to take a stroll through the beautiful old town and to enjoy the regional cuisine for lunch. The boat awaits you in the harbour of Poreč and will take us to Rovinj. Overnight stay in Rovinj.

      Day 6: Rovinj, approx. 20 km

      From Rovinj we start today’s cycle tour which allows ample time for a refreshing bath in the Adriatic Sea. Afterwards you have lunch on board that will vitalize you for the afternoon stroll through the winding alleyways of this picture perfect town. It’ll leave you enchanted. The night is spent in Rovinj. 

      Day 7: Rovinj - Barbariga - Vodnjan – Pula, approx. 35 km

      A longer crossing takes you to Barbariga. We get ashore, have some lunch and hop on our bicycles. Our cycle tour leads us via Vodnjan back to Pula our port of departure. There is enough time to take a walk through the town and to visit the many heritage sites which the city has to offer. A celebrative evening meal with guests, guides and crew brings a fantastic week to a happy end.

      Day 8: Pula (Disembarkation)

      After breakfast disembarkation until 9 a.m. and individual trip home or extended stay in Croatia.

      Important Information:

      We reserve the right to make changes to the planned itinerary due to changing wind and weather conditions as well as organizational requirements.
    • Information

      ARRIVAL-PARKING-DEPARTURE

      ARRIVAL BY PLANE

      Airport: Pula (PUY) / Rijeka (RJK) / Zagreb (ZAG) / Pula (PUY)  / Triest (TRS) 


      ARRIVAL BY CAR

      Parking: parking near the ship landing station  payable locally (reservation necessary)

      parking space motorcycle: 30 euro/week; car up to 6 m in length: 50 euro/week,  longer than 6 m: 100 euro/week

      Depending on your routing there are 3 possibilities to get to Pula:

      From Germany individual until Munich, Munich – Salzburg (130 km), Salzburg – Villach (180 km), Villach – Ljubljana (100 km), Ljubljana – Koper (100 km) - Koper - Pula (100 km)

      From Austria through Innsbruck - Salzburg like mentioned above or through Brenner-Pass to Venice, Venice - Triest (150 km), Triest - Koper - Pula

      From Switzerland through San Bernadino or Gotthard to Milan (ca. 300 km), Milan – Venice (280 km), Venice – Triest (150 km), Triest – Koper - Pula 


      ARRIVAL BY TRAIN

      Train station: Rijeka

      If you plan your aarrival by train, please be informed that there is no direct connection by train to Omisalj. Unfortunately bikes are not allowed in the train from Munich to Rijeka.


      ARRIVAL BY BUS

      During the touristic season there are constant buses to over 50 spots in Croatia, within also to Rijeka. Please find the timetable via following link >www.touring.de.


      TRANSFERS

      From/to train station/airport see via "Price".

      Reservation within flight dates necessary.


      PARTICIPANTS

      Minimum: 14
      Maximum
      : 24


      ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

      Helmets:
      Helmet use is mandatory on all bike rides. You are strongly encouraged to bring your own well-fitted helmet. Rental helmets are available on board in limited number (reservation requested).

      Bringing children
      The cruise offered here is especially for children an unforgettable experience. If you book a three-bed cabin, you receive a 50 % discount on the basic tour price. Please note that we have 21-gear- children’s bikes only for body sizes above 1.20 m/4 ft. These bikes can be booked for 50 euro per week. For smaller children we offer trailer bikes or children’s seats free of charge (by request). Please note that children under the age of 16 are obliged to wear biking helmets.


      REQUIREMENTS

      If you want to book this tour, we would please need the following information:

      • First and last names of guests (as seen in passport; no nicknames)
      • Date of birth
      • Nationality
      • Contact number while abroad
      • How do you arrive? (for flights please include flight number and airline)
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    • Included service:
      • 8-day-trip on a motor yacht with crew
      • 7 nights in a twin cabin upper deck with shower/toilet
      • 7 x half board
      • guided cycling tours and sightseeing as described in the itinerary
      • Overview-maps for the daily tours (on board)
      • Bed linen and towels
      • English speaking tour guide
    • Anreisetermine / Verfügbarkeit

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      S1 17.05. - 24.05.20
      S1 24.05. - 31.05.20
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      S1 28.06. - 05.07.20
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      S1 11.10. - 18.10.20

      Extras

      Visitor´s Tax + water (obligatory/week, payable locally)
      adults 50
      children until 16,99 years 25
         
      Discounts  
      3. person in triple cabin -50%
      children until 16,99 years in own cabin -25%
       

      Bicycle & equipment

      21-speed-bike 80
      E-bike 180
         
      Additional night
      Pula (price on request) -
         
      Transfer  
      shared transfer from airport/Hotel Zagreb town*  50


      *transfer ONLY on embarkation/disembarkation day available

      Departuretime on embarkation day to Pula:
      From Zagreb town: 11:30 am, from Zagreb airport: 12:15 pm.

      Departuretime disembarkation day from Pula to Zagreb: 7 am.


      Best - Price - Guarantee

      If you would verifiably receive better conditions and/or prices from another tour operator at the time of booking we guarantee at least the same conditions PLUS 1 handlebar bag for FREE!
      All prices per person in EUR
    • Welcome on board the comfort ship TARIN !

      The Tarin is a 72 ft./22-meter-long and 20ft./20 ft./ 6.2-meter-wide motor sailer with two mast and was built in 2003/2004.

      Lounging mattresses on the large sun deck and shaded tables for outside dining guarantee a cozy and relaxed time on board.


      CABINS

      Ten cabins upper deck. Three of them are equipped with a double bed (140 cm) and a additional single bed; another two of them with a double bed (140 cm) and four with single beds either bulk beds or beds next to each other.

      All bathrooms are tiled and equipped with shower, sink and toilet.


      CATERING

      The cook on board is a member of the crew and prepares the breakfast and one warm meal a day. The half board starts with the dinner on the arrival day and ends with the breakfast on the departure day. 


      LANGUAGES ON BOARD

      German, English

       


       

    • Bicycles inclusive panniers:

      We provide you the following bicycles:

      21-speed-hybrid-bike

      (Men- and Ladyframes in 4 different frame sizes:

      46 cm and 52 cm for ladies, 56 cm and 60 cm for men). Please be informed that we are only able to offer rental bikes starting with a body height of 150 cm.

      All bicycles are equipped with a precise Shimano gear shift, Shimano V-brakes with strong "bite", 28 inch hollow chamber rims with quick clambs, safety mudguards and a comfortable Selle Royal touring saddle

      Please Note: If you won´t be without your own saddle (without the post) or your own click pedals, please bring them with you and let your tour guide attach them to your rental bicycle..


      E-bike

      The e-bikes are characterized by their light weight (20kg without the battery installed) and their ability to ride in varying terrain. This model is fitted with a performance motor, the most advanced e-bike motor on the market. The range of the 500 WH battery is noticeably better than that of the previous model; Delhi Hybrid Pro 400. The 9 gears are perfectly in tune with the motor and are easy to operate


      Insurance for bike rental, payable locally

      Insurance against theft and damage of rental bikes:

      21-speed-hybrid-bike         10 Euro/week

      E-Bike Cube            20 Euro/week

      (not covered: wilful damage)

       

    • 5,4 09.10.2018 | Peter B. Istria by Bike + Boat

      Winning holiday for those seeking variety in : Exercise, Scenery , Companionship and Culture !

      The 2 guides Ina and Benjamin were excellent, answering all questions, guiding us safely through a wide variety of countryside and towns.They were also good companions. The boat Tarin was well equipped and everything worked. The crew from the Captain ...
      • Booking handling 5
      • Travel documents 5
      • Information at the beginning of the tour 6
      • Accomodation 5
      • Board 5
      • Route description 5
      • On-site assistance 6
      • Route-character 5
      • Bicycle + equipment 6
      • Price-performance ratio 6
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      5,3 18.09.2018 | Val G. Istria by Bike + Boat

      Istria tour

      some of us felt tour geared to a higher level of fitness than we had anticipated. We wondered if pace pushed on by very fit cyclists or e-bikers. Conversely they may have felt held back by me at the back We expected level 1-2 would be more like Passau ...
      • Booking handling 5
      • Travel documents 6
      • Information at the beginning of the tour 6
      • Accomodation 5
      • Board 6
      • Route description 5
      • On-site assistance 6
      • Route-character 3
      • Bicycle + equipment 6
      • Price-performance ratio 5
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      5,8 27.09.2017 | Richard P. Istria by Bike + Boat

      Istria Boat and Bike

      Excellent guides and crew. Overall a very worthwhile experience.
      • Overall satisfaction 6
      • Booking handling 6
      • Travel documents 6
      • Information at the beginning of the tour 6
      • Accomodation 4
      • Board 6
      • Route description 6
      • On-site assistance 6
      • Route-character 6
      • Bicycle + equipment 6
      • Price-performance ratio 6
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      5,5 05.07.2017 | Tom B. Istria by Bike + Boat

      Istria by bike & boat

      Had a great time with a great crew and nice fellow-travelers
      • Overall satisfaction 6
      • Booking handling 6
      • Travel documents 6
      • Information at the beginning of the tour 5
      • Accomodation 4
      • Board 6
      • Route description 5
      • On-site assistance 5
      • Route-character 6
      • Bicycle + equipment 5
      • Price-performance ratio 6
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      5,8 10.06.2016 | Anne T. Istria by Bike & Boat

      Island Hopping Bike Tour

      Island Hopping. This tour was not the ordinary bike tour but was through Island Hopping. I thought they were very well run and very satisfied with the operation. Due to heavier seas the planned Itinerary was adjusted and we did not miss any of the ...
      • Booking handling 6
      • Travel documents 6
      • Information at the beginning of the tour 6
      • Accomodation 4
      • Board 6
      • Luggage transport 6
      • Route description 6
      • On-site assistance 6
      • Route-character 6
      • Bicycle + equipment 6
      • Price-performance ratio 6
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